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Design the Next iPhone Contest winners announced

Initially announced in The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4, iLounge has revealed the winners of our Design the Next iPhone, Win the Next iPhone contest. We received tons of entries, which were broken down into three major categories: Advanced iPhone concepts, which went above and beyond the features of the current iPhone, Funny entries, which offer a humorous take on the future iPhone, and Simplified entries, which represent an evolution of the current iPhone.

Taking the Grand Prize for Advanced iPhone concept was the iPhone twist design by Christopher Doan of Toronto, Canada. Featuring a hinged design, stereo speakers, an integrated video chat camera, a separate touch-sensitive pad which transforms from a keyboard to a multi-touch pad, and more, the aluminum and white plastic phone was our favorite of the ambitious advanced concepts we received.

Grand Prize for Funny entry was awarded to the iPhone shuffle concept from Michael Hornbek from Hornslet, Denmark. The tiny, simple device prominently features a shiny silver call button that serves only to call random people, and a rear clip to attach the “phone” to clothing or bags. Finally, Grand Prize in the Simplified Entries category went to the 3G iPhone design of Aaron Besson of Trinidad + Tobago. Sporting a white back, a slimmer, more curved profile, and only modest changes to the phone’s overall design, we wouldn’t be surprised if the real iPhone 2 ends up looking quite similar.

Congrats to Christopher, Michael, and Aaron. Outstanding Runner-Up winners can be seen in The Free iPod + iPhone Book 4 alongside a gallery of other great entries.

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This is why I didn’t enter the contest ... no way I could touch this.  That design is the bomb.

Posted by Zanz on June 2, 2008 at 10:57 AM (CDT)


WOW, these designs are soooooooooo cool, particularly the iphone twist one, it looks like it was designed by apple, so sleek and cool!!!

Posted by Saajid Vawda on June 2, 2008 at 11:35 AM (CDT)


WOW - I am deeply humbled :)
thanks so much for picking my design..

Posted by Aaron Besson on June 2, 2008 at 4:13 PM (CDT)


And thank you for picking mine as well…I’m honored! iLounge is a great site, and the Free iPod + iPhone Book is an awesome resource. I can’t wait to spend that gift certificate. Woohoo!

Posted by Robert Davis on June 2, 2008 at 5:37 PM (CDT)


The design is original from Sharp Zaurus C-Serie (SL-c700 to SL-c3200).
The last new model was in 2006 the SL-c3200.

Posted by Stefans on June 3, 2008 at 5:56 AM (CDT)


Just wanted to pop in and say THANKS to iLounge for picking my design. I’m very honoured since there were so many incredible designs entered! The iLounge community is truly mindblowing! :)

@Stefans: I didn’t even know that Sharp device existed, much less seen a picture of it; I definitely did not copy from it. It took me a long time to design and figure out a sleek hinge that allowed for wiring and twisting, without the bulk and clunkiness (like in the device you linked). In any case, the form factor is only one aspect of the design, and I hope you can see that there are many others.

Again, thanks to iLounge for the great prize and a huge congratulations to the other winners. Amazing entries!

Posted by CDoan on June 3, 2008 at 11:47 AM (CDT)


cdoan -

I’m sorry someone had to write that about your design.  I entered the contest as well and really not only liked your design, but i thought the presentation was what really sold it.  it was clear, concise and just a good design.  and even if you had seen the other design, you definitely improved upon it, which is exactly what designers are doing all the time.  Jonathan Ive is always looking back to Dieter Rams.


Posted by matthew on June 3, 2008 at 1:41 PM (CDT)


great designs, congratulations ¡¡¡

Posted by gonzalo on June 3, 2008 at 6:18 PM (CDT)

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